De Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Amsterdam

Cat Cabinet LogoThis small museum located in the old patrician house at the Herengracht in Amsterdam, in an area of town where today the banks and top attorneys have their offices, is entirely devoted to cats. Founded in 1990 by William Meijer, a wealthy Dutchman who in this way wanted to preserve the memory of his cat Tom also called after the American financier of the past - John Pierpont Morgan.

The Cat Cabinet specializes in art representing cats. There is an aura of specific sense humor not only in the theme of this museum, but also in a way this museum has been presented to the visitor. Sculptures, paintings, posters and books about the felines are exhibited in a serious, professional way - almost too serious not to provoke a smile on a visitors face. The museum often collaborates with the institutions of reputations as Rijksmuseum, Museum Van Gogh, Kunsthal. If we add that The Cat Cabinet published some years ago a wonderful Kat-alogus (Cat-a-logue), which is today a collector’s item, you should feel the mood of this presentation.

The house De Kattenkabinet is located in could be a museum on its own. It has been built for William and Adrian van Loon in 1667, as one of the two identical houses standing opposite each other at Herengracht 497 and 498. A draw decided which of the houses belonged to which of the brothers, and it was William who got the house in which today the museum is to be found. Among the famous people who in the past stayed here were mayor of Amsterdam Jan Calkoen and an American president John Adams. Throughout its rich history the house has been several times rebuilt and redecorated, to be finally brought back to its full splendor by its present owner. And although most of its rich interior is dated only from the 19th century, it is still interesting to visit.

Cat Cabinet InteriorFive exquisite cats live at the museum premises. You will feel their fragrant presence since you enter the building. You may also realize that while the museum has been located on the two lower floors of the house, while on the upper its owner still resides. And if he is not in journey, you may accidentally meet him on the stairs.

The feel

if you are weary of visiting numerous austere exhibits on art and history, De Kattenkabinet may bring you a nice change. Its theme may seem a joke, but the choice of the presented art works is remarkable, they way they are presented is amusing; the The Cat Cabinet quarters are unique. A must for all cat lovers.

Open

Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. – 4.p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on January 1 (New Year), April 27 (King's Day), December 25 (Christmas).

Admissions

Adults: €6
Children up to the age of 12 years: €3
Groups (eleven visitors or more): €4

Cat Cabinet Building

Museum located in the old house which has not been yet adapted for the handicapped.

How to get there

Walking: from De Muntplein (5 minutes)
By tram: from the Central Station, lines 1, 2, 5, stop at Koningsplein, take left into the Herengracht, you will reach De Kattenkabinet after 3 minutes walk.
By car:
try to find a metered parking place in one of the canal streets in the area or leave your car in the big car park under the Stopera - Muziektheater/Stadhuis, Waterlooplein 1 (10 minutes walk).

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De Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet Amsterdam
Herengracht 497
1017 BT   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 6265378
Homepage: www.kattenkabinet.nl

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